Members’ Area

From receiving expert help and guidance to benchmarking your business’ performance, the Members’ Area is a gateway to resources, services and support specifically developed for those working in the field of design.

Some sections are exclusively accessible to DBA members, connecting you to the extensive range of benefits your membership provides.

DBA membership extends to everyone working within your business – all members of your team can register for their own password – ensuring the whole team benefits.

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Resources

Essential guidance, templates, insight and tools to support you on all aspects of the business of design. From contracts to client opinion, legal updates to exporting support, our resources give you instant access to expert advice and tools to help solve a wide range of business challenges.

If you can’t find the information you’re after please email membership@dba.org.uk or call 020 7251 9229 and we’ll look to source or signpost you to guidance to match your needs. 

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DBA Roundup


A roundup of industry expertise, exclusive resources, business support and tools for your design business.

Business skills, Financial, HR, International trade, Legal, Maximise membership, New business & client relations, Strategy development


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Confidence, capability and you: finding the sweet spot


What role does confidence play in running a design agency and winning new business? The DBA's Adam Fennelow discusses this issue with DBA Expert Ralph Ardill to get his take on it.

New business & client relations


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Changing Times, Reporting Profits


Changes to profit reporting: Chris Lang explains the who, what and when of changes proposed by HMRC and how to mitigate the impact on your business.

Financial


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Negotiations: a client’s lens


Five observations on agency readiness for negotiations and how to achieve better outcomes. 

Business skills, New business & client relations


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Export Support Service


British businesses exporting to Europe can now access one-to-one advice via a new phone and online service.

International trade


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HR and employment law webinars


As part of your DBA membership you are able to access our HR and employment law partner, Croner's schedule of webinars. This currently includes webinars focused on workplace issues arising out of the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit. View the schedule and register your place.

Advice for clients, Financial, HR, Legal


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2021 DBA Annual Survey Report launch | DBA Member-only webinar


On 13 October, the 2021 DBA Annual Survey Report was launched, and Esther Carder, Partner at Moore Kingston Smith presented a detailed analysis of the benchmarking data and trends across key performance metrics affecting design agencies, and gave insight into how to apply these valuable findings to your business. Our flagship report analyses fees, salaries, utilisation, income, recovery rates, benefits and trends of DBA member agencies. Watch the full recording here.

Financial, HR, New business & client relations


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DBA Design Effectiveness Awards: handy tips for a winning case study


With the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards entry deadline coming up on 5 November, here are some handy tips to strengthen your entry.

Business skills


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The importance of time tracking in the new workplace (and how to make it work)


Let’s be honest. Perhaps, for many, timesheets are a little mundane. But at a point when the working world as we know it has been flipped on its head, now is the time to pay a little more attention to the simple act of clocking on and off.

Business skills, Financial, HR, New business & client relations


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The 10 financial KPIs all design agencies should monitor, and how to manage them


Monitoring these financial KPIs will help you understand where your business’ numbers are today and where they should be in the future.

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